24 Tory and LibDem MPs have voted against party bosses on the subject of Conservatories.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I wish more had rebelled.  The legislation proposed was ill-conceived and would deregulate the building of extensions.  The legislation introduced by Tories and LibDems in Government was anti-localist and could leave unsightly development with no means of protest.

gable-end-conservatory-22Leaving aside the fact that this Government can’t even agree on conservatories, it does make you wonder what was it about this legislation that inspired these MPs to rebel.  After all they have voted for far far more damaging legislation in the past.

This Government has given millionaires massive tax cuts, decimated our NHS, taken Police off our street, increased VAT, allowing private rail companies to hike their ticket prices, prepared Royal Mail be sold off……the list goes on.

Our LibDem MP decided to listen to Labour criticism and voted against this new planning law.  And rebellions from our MP are rare!  Let’s not forget that since the General Election, he has voted with the Tories over 90% of the time!

I wish more LibDems had rebelled – but I wish more that they’d listened to Labour when they voted to dismantle our NHS – introducing competitive tendering and allowing private companies to profit from the vulnerable.

The free universal and comprehensive healthcare that we know is at risk.  Our LibDem MP supported the Tory and Libdem Government when he voted for the programme motion to let the Heath and Social Care Bill progress, but his conscience is clear because he tried to stop some conservatories being built.

If Labour win in 2015, the Health and Social Care Bill will be repealed.  I only hope that little permanent damage has been done.

In the meantime, I hope our LibDem MP and all LibDems will support Labour’s calls to support the construction sector.  Wildly deregulating everything isn’t the answer.  We need to cut the rate of VAT on home improvements and repairs with a view to creating 100,000 jobs helping both homeowners and builders.

Jonathan Pryor


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